LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2002
Tristate priest admits abuse
        A Catholic priest in Dayton, Ohio, who served Cincinnati area parishes and schools for a decade, has been placed on administrative leave after admitting to sexually abusing a boy at an Ohio parish years ago.
Scandal in the Catholic Church
BRONSON: Thou shalt not molest children

Hamilton County's pace of exodus among U.S. worst
        Hamilton County's population woes continued over the last year with a loss of nearly 10,000 residents, a faster decline than all the large U.S. counties except Philadelphia, according to Census figures released today.

Burnet Ave. bar in liquor license fight
        The Burnet Avenue business district in Avondale has been plagued by guns, drugs and violence since the riots of 1967 and 1968.

Former officer accused of theft
        INDIAN HILL — Police in this affluent Hamilton County suburb are accusing a retired lieutenant of stealing $11,391 from a benefit fund he ran as treasurer for more than 20 years.


ENQUIRER VOICES
It's time to end budget stall
        Note to Kentucky House Democrats on the issue of public financing for gubernatorial campaigns: Let it go!

Some Good News
        Former Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge William A. McClain received an honorary law degree Saturday during commencement exercises at the University of Michigan.

You Asked For It

        Bramble Avenue intersects with Plainville Road in an offset manner. The two Bramble approaches are not directly opposite, said Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey. This creates a hazardous conflict with left-turning traffic from one side of the street with traffic making a corresponding right turn from the other side.

TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
Students still eager to go abroad
        As the study-abroad season reaches its peak, there appears to be no letup in the number of Tristate students packing their bags this year to head overseas.

Time capsule items unveiled at school
        MADISON PLACE — On Sunday, supporters of Cure of Ars School opened a time capsule placed in a cornerstone 50 years ago.

Wind KOs trees, power
        What started as a bright, sunny day swirled into a blustery mess Sunday when winds up to 48 miles per hour blew through the Tristate, knocking down more than 40 trees and dozens of power lines.

6,500 walk on behalf of babies
        Gary and Susan Frazier walked in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica 2002 on Sunday, hoping they can help others prevent the shock they endured.

AROUND THE REGION
Adoptive parents suing over mentally ill son
        MEDINA, Ohio — The adoptive parents of a baby boy who later was diagnosed as mentally ill are suing Medina County for $1.6 million to compensate for the expense and pain of raising him.

Airport sweeps target employees
        WASHINGTON — Hundreds of employees with access to high-security areas of airports have been arrested on charges such as using phony Social Security numbers, lying about past criminal convictions or being in the United States illegally, government records show.

Conference studies Appalachian cultural draws
        RALEIGH, N.C. — In Buncombe County, visitors pay hundreds of dollars to work in someone else's herb garden, cook in someone else's kitchen and then eat a seven-course meal. In Yancey County, methane gas from a former landfill fuels potters' kilns and glassblowers' furnaces.

Firefighters' memorial in limbo
        Cincinnati firefighters have suspected for years that their memorial to fallen colleagues might have to move when the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center grows.

Mariemont schools seek tax increase
        MARIEMONT — A 9.95-mill tax levy that the Mariemont Board of Education has put on the May 7 ballot would allow the district to meet its budget demands for another three years, district officials say.

More colleges prohibit romance between students, faculty
        DELAWARE, Ohio — Ohio Wesleyan University banned love affairs between students and professors after a student was charged with stalking a professor when the romance turned sour.

Murder suspect surrenders
        SILVER GROVE — A day after his mother publicly pleaded for him to surrender, the Silver Grove man wanted for his longtime girlfriend's shooting death turned himself into Michigan authorities.

Needed: $30,000 for surgery
        FAIRFIELD — The family of Meaghann Muncy, the 9-year-old Dillsboro, Ind. girl who needs a radical brain operation, is closing in on their goal of raising $150,000 by late May.

West Chester denies AT&T tower request
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Trustees are refusing to grant AT&T Wireless an exception to build another telecommunications tower on LeSourdesville-West Chester Road where two towers and a 110-foot-high water tower already stand near homes.

Tristate A.M Report
        A masked gunman robbed the BP Oil Co. gas station in Westwood just after midnight Sunday, Cincinnati police said.
SPECIAL
O H I O ' S   S E C R E T   S H A M E
Abuse, neglect go unpunished
In Part 2 of this report, The Cincinnati Enquirer found caregivers accused of hurting the mentally retarded are rarely prosecuted -- sometimes they're paid to leave.
Statewide abuse registry lists no one
Part 1 of the report - Many deaths of mentally retarded avoidable